Monthly archive March, 2012

WATCH THIS: Noah Powa “I Care Zero” Video

NY Selector Turned DJ Has A Hit On His Hands

Following in the tradition of Sanchez, Chicken Chest, and Tony Matterhorn, Noah Powa is a selector who made the jump to recording artist. His tune “I Care Zero” has been devastating the dancehalls of late. The video may look a teensy bit low-budget, but just how much do you suppose Mr. Powa cares about that? Read more »

WATCH THIS: Bruce Springsteen & Jimmy Cliff “The Harder They Come” Live Video

The Boss Brought Out The Original Starbwoy For His Headlining Show At SXSW
Photograph by Erin Fotos

We’ve always liked Bruce Springsteen—he’s unpretentious by rock-star standards, his Born To Run album is a straight-up classic, and his E-Street band was no joke. Now we’ve got another reason. During his headlining set last week at SXSW 2012, the Boss brought out Jimmy Cliff, who tore the roof off the brand-new Austin City Limits concert hall.
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HEAR THIS: Nas “The Don”

Heavy D Flips a Classic Super Cat Sample, Salaam Remi Tees It Up and Nastradamus Spits Fire

It’s well known that Salaam Remi and Nas have a very special creative chemistry—as seen when the producer and MC collaborated on classics like “Made U Look.” What’s less well known is that both are big reggae fans. The track was actually built by the late great Heavy D, whose collabos with Super Cat are well known. Hev passed the track to Remi—who  produced Spragga Benz’s epic Shotta Culture album. Nas of course collaborated with Damian Marley on the album Distant Relatives, so Remi felt it was only right to put him on the record. During the Distant Relatives promo run, Nas spoke about his early reggae and dancehall musical menu: “It was the 80s,” he recalled. ‘Who was the dudes? Pass the Dutchie Pon the Left.’ [Musical Youth] It was a lot of old-school cuts. You had Yellowman, of course Bob Marley, Peter Tosh. A lot of the early dudes. We listened to everything. Shabba Ranks, all a that. I was Supercatted-up… I studied the battles with Supercat and Ninjaman.” Now Nas and Remi have brought their mututal interests together on this blazing new cut called “The Don.” Remi’s track is built around a sample from a rare Super Cat single “Dance Inna New York.” Nas’s rap is built on Henny, blunts, and sheer genius. Read more »

WATCH THIS: DJ Jazzy Jeff Droppin Boomshots

Witness the World’s Greatest DJ at SXSW Mixing Rap, Reggae & Dancehall
Red Bull’s Thre3Style Showcase saw the Magnificent Jazzy Jeff throwing down some tunes like he used to get thrown out of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s mansion. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Vybz Kartel “Breddaz In Paris”

New Remix Featuring The Gaza Emperor Rocking Alongside Jay and Ye

Dancehall hasn’t quite been the same since Kartel’s incarceration; the Gaza general’s witty lyrics and in-your-face delivery has certainly been missed. Those of you out there who’ve been aching for a Kartel fix fear not, this new track has everything we love about kartel laid superbly over Jay Z and Kanye West’s smash single “N*gg@$ In Paris.” Read more »

HEAR THIS: Bounty Killa Ft Cecile “Ride”

The 5 Star General Bucks Up The Bad Gyal 

The Warlord and the Bad Gyal connect on Cashflow’s hot new “Backway” riddim. Can you handle the ride?
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HEAR THIS: Deablo “I Cry”

Big Bad Reality Tune From a Fresh New Artist on the Scene
“Although we feel like we’re living in hell, I keep a smile like we living is swell,” Deablo sings for the ghetto youths on this new selection from Black Spyder Productions and 21st Hapilos. Looking forward to more conscious tunes from this promising young singer. Read more »

WATCH THIS: Marley Movie Trailer

The King of Reggae Hits The Silver Screen At SXSW in Austin, Texas
Last week at the South By Southwest film festival the long awaited documentary Marley had its world premier. Directed by Kevin MacDonald, this VH1 Rock Doc is the first official behind the scenes look at the life of the Tuff Gong featuring rare concert footage and exclusive interviews with his family and closest friends. Read more »

WATCH THIS: Kes The Band Live in NYC

Rising Soca Stars Rock With David Rudder and Tessanne Chin

Kes The Band is the future of soca music. This Friday they brought their infectiously forward-thinking brand of soca fusion to the Best Buy Theater in Times Square and Boomshots was there. They might not have won this year’s Soca Monarch or Road March competitions, but do they look bothered? “When we feel to do the music, we do what we feel to do,” said lead singer Kes to the ecstatic flag-waving capacity crowd. “We do soca, pop, rock, reggae—it doesn’t matter.” You can’t put these brothers in a box. They’re all about winning some Grammys—and making the massive get “Wotless.” They’ve also got three of the flyest dancers on the planet.  Let’s go to the video tape… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Spice “Body Great”

Mad Gyal Spice x Madhouse Tun Up Riddim = Greater Than Good

Some gyal say them good, but Spice is extraordinary. We’ve known it since her earliest Madhouse recordings, long before “Ramping Shop” days. She makes another compelling case on this fresh new Dave Kelly-produced cut from the big bad “Tun Up” riddim. Don’t believe she’s great? Just ask her man “when him see me ah wine and vibrate.” Read more »

WATCH THIS: Protoje “Our Time Come” Video

Diggy’s Been On His Grind For A While Now, And It’s Paying Off

Protoje has been blazing his own trail through the reggae industry for a minute now. Refreshingly hype-free with personality and talent (among other things) to burn. Judging by this new video, Protoje’s grind is starting to pay off. “From seven year old, mi haffi get a bust / To flow upon the riddim like Terror Fabulous.” Read more »

HEAR THIS: Mavado “Soulja Girl”

Brand New Gully Gaad For The Girls—”She’s The One I Bust My K With”

“I’m her Romeo, she’s my Juliet,” Mavado sings on this exclusive leak from his DJ Khaled project. Soaring vocals, epic echo and a touch of steel drum synths—voila! Something sweet and smooth for the ladies. And of course a true Soulja Girl holds her man down in good times and bad. Read more »